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March 27, 2017


‘A Few Minutes With’ video features Kelly Weir

In "A Few Minutes With,” we talk to Kelly Weir, director of Resource Planning and Analysis, to find out how Columbus State is working to meet priorities in the accreditation process.


‘Legacy’ dinner to honor Allespach, support Hospitality


You are invited to join the Columbus State Foundation and the Hospitality Management Department to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Chef Ziggy Allespach, and support students enrolled in culinary programs . The evening begins with a champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception, followed by a spectacular five-course dinner with wine pairings.

The Legacy Dinner proceeds support the Renee and Ziggy Allespach Fund, created to honor the couple’s many contributions to Columbus State and the Columbus culinary arts community. Ziggy Allespach’s passion, generosity, and talent lifted up those who knew him and enriched the lives of countless restaurant patrons, peers, students, and educators.

The event will be held Saturday, April 8, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center. You can purchase tickets online here:



Distinguished Teaching Award finalists selected

The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) committee has selected 10 finalists for the award. Winner will be named at the Quality and Team Awards Ceremony in June. From an outstanding group of 25 semi-finalists, the committee has selected the following individuals for observation in the classroom or online:

Rachel Alderson, Biological and Physical Sciences
Frank Barnhart, Communication
Elizabeth Betzel, Mathematics
Nicole Brandt, Psychology
Cathy Bill, Biological and Physical Sciences
Amy Delorenzo, Human Services
Mandi Mauck, Nursing
Kelli Nowlin, English
Kayla Robinson, Biological and Physical Sciences
Felicia Smith, Mathematics


New banking certificate to be offered

Heartland BancCorp recently announced it is partnering with Columbus State and the Community Bankers Association of Ohio to create a new “Certificate of Banking Fundamentals” program. 

To help facilitate the program, Columbus State will help prepare students for a career in banking through targeted training in courses such as Principles of Business, Customer Service and Sales, Personal Finance, Negotiation, Principles of Banking, Business Ethics and more. 

After completing the Certificate of Banking Fundamentals program, students will be eligible to participate in on-site internships at participating central Ohio financial institutions. The internships will train students to have a successful start a client service representatives, universal bankers, or other retail and commercial positions.

“Together with our banking partners, we are addressing the growing demand for qualified customer relations employees,” said Carmen Daniels, chairperson of Business Programs. “This certificate creates a direct path for students to enter the banking industry.”

Heartland Bank CEO, G. Scott McComb, said "By working with such a strong and flexible partner as Columbus State, we have been able to craft an educational opportunity that will prepare aspiring youth who want to pursue career in banking. As Heartland continues to expand, we’re going to seek potential candidates who possess the skill set achieved in this program."

For more information about the Certificate of Banking Fundamentals program, go online here.


Massis cited 100 times

Massis speakingDirector of Libraries and Accreditation Liaison Officer, Bruce Massis, reached a significant milestone as an author, editor and columnist this week.  It was reported by ResearchGate that Massis’ column “What’s New in Libraries,” has been cited 100 times by other authors. 

ResearchGate is a worldwide organization whose mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all. Massis has been a columnist for the U.K. journal New Library World (recently renamed Information and Learning Science) for more than six years. His latest publications included chapters in two new books: Digital Information Strategies and The End of Wisdom? His latest collaboration was as a co-author of Project Management for Libraries: A Practical Approach published by McFarland and Co.

His next column, to be published in Information and Learning Science this monthis entitled, “The Library Computer Lab Transforms into a ‘Thinking Lab’.” The journalis distributed by subscriptions by Emerald Publishers to libraries around the world.


More than 4,000 OSHA credentials issued

Columbus State has issued more than 4,000 credentials for the Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Outreach Training courses, according to Dean Bortz, professor in Construction Management. “It is very simple:  safety pays and accidents cost,” said Bortz.  “Accidents cost time, money, and quality of work and of life. On average, 16 people will die per day from workplace accidents.  The toll on workers, families and companies is staggering. Safety must be a part of every event at home, work or play.”

“Workplace safety is becoming increasingly important to employers also,” said Jeff Bates, Ph.D., professor in Environmental Safety and Health, and program coordinator. “There is the human element of keeping workers safe, but companies also understand that safety is an investment that saves them in worker’s compensation costs, insurance costs and the cost of replacing workers.”

In the OSHA Outreach Training Program, employees receive an OSHA card for the class they attend. Some academic programs at Columbus State require the class, and it can be of great financial value to students who hold this credential. Although voluntary by OSHA, an increasing number of employers require this credential of their workers.



Pie Chart

Disability Services provides breakdown of those served

This interesting breakdown of diagnoses for those served by the college’s Disability Services department was recently provided:









Reminder: Nominate student employees for award

National Student Employment Week is April 10-14 and Career Services is seeking nominations for “Student Employee of the Year.” If you work with or know a student employee who exceeds expectations and makes a difference in the campus community, contact Amanda Perk to request a nomination form.

Nominated students and their supervisors will be invited to the annual reception to be held Friday, April 14, to celebrate student employee accomplishments.



Discovery District News

Enter intrigue, spies, and the CIA for the next Thurber House “Evenings with Authors,” Wednesday, April 5. Former CIA officer and curator of the CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds unveils the untold story of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s secret life as a spy for both the Americans and the Soviets before and during World War II in his book, Writer, Soldier, Sailor, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961. You can get your tickets and more information for the reading, here:

Replenish spa has new classes on Wednesdays. Starting this week, you can join Ibeliz Guadalupe for LifeBALANCE yoga at 6:00 p.m. and Taylor Manning for LifeENERGY at 7:15 p.m. Classes are donation-based and the suggested donation is $15. As always, your donations push the Replenish yoga movement forward as they create space and access for all people. Visit Replenish here.


image of painting“Darrow’s Words 3,” by Stacy Leeman

Leeman to exhibit

Stacy Leeman, adjunct in Humanities, will have her painting Darrow's Words 3 exhibited at 30th annual Exhibition of Works on Paper at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, La. Her painting, Book of Esther W4 will also be on display at the Emerald Art Center's Spring Exhibition in Springfield, Ore. from May 2 to June 3







Reminder: Disclosure forms due Friday

The Friday, March 31 deadline for the 2017 Disclosures and Acknowledgments form is fast approaching. If you have not done so yet, please complete the form online here.




Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.